Chris Michno

The three juxtaposed texts presented in Exodus adopt Orwellian language to suggest possible ramifications of climate change as it begins to alter our environment and affect life on Earth. The texts shift from the present-day to an imagined future in which government agencies and private corporations collude to turn climate refugees into indentured servants and a source of cheap labor for terra-forming operations on Mars. The work posits a state of ambiguity relating to government, human rights, citizenship and immigration as human culture considers the potential of migrating beyond Earth. The texts, hand-printed in graphite, convey a sense of documentary while being on the verge of disappearing.

Exodus (2017), Graphite on paper, 28.25 x 37 in.